When Germany invaded Belgium in World War I, King Albert I took personal command of the Belgian Army. He led his army for 4 years, fighting alongside his troops, while his wife, Queen Elisabeth, worked as a nurse at the front. His 12 year-old son, the Crown Prince, also fought in the ranks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Mia Farrow agreed to appear in her husband Frank Sinatra's 1968 film, The Detective, but declined when her filming schedule for Rosemary's Baby overran. Sinatra then served her divorce papers in front of the cast and crew. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
In 2015, Neil Moore, a prisoner serving time for a $2.7 million fraud conviction, walked out the front gate of a high security prison by forging his own release papers. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
In the film Tomorrow Is Forever, child actress Natalie Wood was unable to cry on cue, until her mother tore a butterfly to pieces in front of her to ensure she would sob. Her co-star, Orson Welles, called Wood a born professional, "so good, she was terrifying." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Major Pentagon officials once called Five Guys and requested them to break their no delivery rule. Not only did they refuse, the restaurant's founder ordered a 22-foot banner saying "ABSOLUTELY NO DELIVERY" and hung it in front of the store. Business from Pentagon employees increased. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
That, contrary to expectations, objects with greater drag generate less heat when entering the atmosphere. This is because a pocket of air forms in front of the object. After this was discovered in 1951, vehicles such as the Apollo capsule were designed to enter the atmosphere blunt-end first. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atm…
After graduating college at 13 with a degree in Mathematics, child genius Promethea Pythaitha received considerable unwanted attention from the Greek-American Community, including an obsessive stalker who was killed in front of her house. en.goodtimes.my/2017/12/1…
The Wodaabe tribe from Chad has a courtship tradition called Gerewol. Men spend hours getting dressed to dance in front of the tribe's women in hopes of being judged the most beautiful. Women from the tribe can pick who they want to get married to. adventure.com/wodaabe-nom…
When people act like Frankenstein's monster, they often stretch their arms out in front of them because of the 1943 movie Frankenstein Meets the Wolf-Man. In the movie the monster is blinded and has to walk holding his hands in front of him. wikipedia.org/wiki/Franke…
Today I learned about doljabi which is a tradition for a child's first birthday in Korea. The child is placed in front of a table with many items and the item they pick up first shows what the child will grow up to be. For example, if they pick money, they'll be rich. If they pick a book, they'll be smart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
Any swimming stroke can be used in freestyle swim races, but the most commonly used stroke is the front crawl. Nowadays, "freestyle" is synonymous with front crawl, even though freestyle is a competition category and not an actual swim stroke. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
George C. Scott agreed to star in "Patton" only if they used an earlier discarded script written by Francis Ford Coppola. Coppola said "I had this very bizarre opening where he stands up in front of an American flag and gives this speech". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
British streaker Mark Roberts has run naked during international events 565 times in 23 countries. He was inspired after seeing a news report of a female streaker at a 1993 Rugby Sevens game. After a bet in a bar, he went naked in front of the crowd himself the next day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Cigarette packaging in Australia is plain and standardized with pictures of the diseases it causes with the name of the disease in big bold letters on the front. theguardian.com/science/s…
The Nightman Cometh episode of "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" was performed in front of an audience of background actors who weren't informed of what they were watching. "The audience didn't have any context, so I remember a lot of confused faces as we were performing," said Rob McElhenney en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
2 donkeys that have been together for 10 years at a zoo in Poland were separated after a local politician and parents complained about them mating in front of children. Experts weighted in and a petition to rejoin them got 7,000 signatures so the zoo put them back together. thestar.com/news/world/20…
The singer who voiced Simba in the original 'Lion King' turned down $2 million up front to take royalties instead insider.com/simba-voice-a…
Saddam Hussein had a trust fund for his children called "Montana Management", named after the money-laundering front company from "Scarface", which the family were fans of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Despite being seriously ill at the siege of Acre in the Third Crusade, Richard I, better known as Richard the Lionheart, had his men carry him on a stretcher on the front lines so he could shoot enemies on the walls of the city with his crossbow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Human ear localization accuracy is 1 degree for sources in front of the listener and 15 degrees for sources to the sides. Humans can discern interaural time differences of 10 microseconds or less. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Lincoln loved cats so much that he once fed them from the table during a formal White House dinner. When his wife told him that it was β€œshameful in front of their guests,” he replied β€œIf the gold fork was good enough for former President James Buchanan, I think it is good enough for Tabby.” mentalfloss.com/article/8…
During the War of 1812, while British soldiers were in the process of destroying Washington D.C., Dr. William Thorton, Superintendent of the U.S. Patent Office saved the building from sure destruction by standing in front of a loaded cannon and convincing British Soldiers not to fire. myoutbox.net/pobere.htm
Today I learned of Peter Buxtun, an epidemiologist at the Public Health Service who after filing two protests with his superiors was the man who blew the whistle on the Tuskeegee Syphilis Experiment.t It would become front page news in the New York Times the next day and congressional hearings would be called. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The U.S. Capitol has no rear. It has an East front and a West front en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned Frederick the Great's male lover was beheaded in front of him by his father. The two had planned to flee for Great Britain together. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
During the Second World War the German armed forces suffered 80% of its military deaths in the Eastern Front, which involved more land combat than all other WWII theatres combined. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
The temporary insanity defense was first used in the US by a sitting congressman who murdered his wife's lover in the park in front of the White House. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Until 1870, the pope required all Jews living in Rome to attend compulsory sermons every Sabbath in front of the Church of San Gregorio. They all attended, but would often stuff wax in their ears in order not to hear a thing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Today I learned of one of the strangest trades in NBA history: In 1983, former All-Star Point Guard of the Indiana Pacers, Don Buse, was to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for just two weeks of advice for the Pacers front office executives from Portland's Vice President of Marketing, Jon Spoelstra. si.com/nba/2020/02/05/mos…
A steering automatically returns to the center because engineers have achieved the return motion of the steering wheel solely by giving the front wheels an angle, called a caster angle. youtube.com/watch?v=wLbs8…
In a 1991 football match in Uruguay, a striker was wearing multiple gold chains. When he went up front for a corner, a defender pulled off one of the chains and put it in his sock. Neither the striker nor anyone else noticed, but TV cameras picked it up. At full time, the defender was arre-sted theguardian.com/football/…
In 1949, French director Willy Rozier challenged a film critic to a duel over comments he had made about Rozier's film. Rozier won the duel (fought with rapiers, to first blood) in front of journalists and photographers. The film was a hit - and footage of the duel is included on the film's DVD en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Berliners love the "currywurst", a sausage topped with curry ketchup, so much, that there have been commemorative coins, novels, plays and movies honoring its invention. By tradition, every candidate for mayor must be photographed in front of a currywurst stand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
The Battle of the North Inch was one of Britain's last mass trials of combat. Two Scottish clans settled a dispute by staged combat in front of spectators. Of the 60 who started the battle, only 12 survived en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about the cemetery gun, a mounted gun that was used to kill grave robbers. The gun would be set up in front of the grave with 3 tripwires attached to it. If someone triggered a tripwire the gun would turn and fire in the direction or whatever tripwire was pulled, killing the person. royalarmouries.org/storie…
London buses, shipped to France, were used to shuttle soldiers to and from the front during the Battle of Somme in World War I. More than 1000 buses were requisitioned for the war service. bbc.com/news/uk-england-3…
During the Bosnian War, a former Danish Special Forces officer named Helge Meyer used his 1979 Camaro to go through the front lines during the Bosnian War to deliver humanitarian aid. The US Air Force helped modify the Camaro by adding kevlar panels, reconnaissance and stealth tech. drivetribe.com/p/ghost-ca…
Today I learned of Kolberg, a Nazi propaganda film produced in 1945. Despite Germany being in retreat on all fronts at this time, 5,000 troops were used as extras and 100 railway cars were used to bring salt to the set to simulate snow. Ultimately the film was never released. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kol…
[] There was a WB show in 2004 called Superstar USA that tried to find the WORST singer in the US. They lied to contestants, telling them they were talented. They broke the news to the β€œwinner”, Jamie Foss in front of a live audience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
Charles Lindbergh's plane, the Spirit of St Louis, was designed with the fuel tank in front because he had crashed before and didn't want to sit between the engine and fuel tank in case of crash. It totally blocked his view and he had to look out of the side windows or a periscope to see ahead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
The Red Baron, bleeding out in a field from a fatal wound from Australian machine-gun Fire, uttered his last words in-front of enemy soldiers. His last word was β€˜Kaput’ translated to English which means β€˜Broken’. kumc.edu/wwi/biography/re…
The Rougarou is a werewolf-like creature in Cajun folklore. Legend says Catholics who don't observe Lent can become one and that you can place 13 rocks in front of your house to protect yourself from it since the Rougarou can't count past 12. nolaweekend.com/beware-of…
Today I learned about Greek destroyer Adrias that hit a mine and managed to sail to the nearest port afterwards even though the front fell off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
An unnamed 9-yr-old Girl Scout sold over 300 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in 6 hrs from her wagon in front of a San Diego marijuana dispensary in 2018. She followed in the footsteps of 13-yr-old Danielle Lei, who in 2014 sold 117 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in 2 hrs outside a San Fran pot shop. today.com/parents/girl-sc…
Britain's first attempt at colonization of India in 1686 failed badly, and they were forced to prostrate in front of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
Marlon Brando tried to purchase the rights to a movie about the Iran-Contra scandal using a former CIA connection. The CIA was able to derail this by creating a front company to outbid Brando for the rights. The man they put in charge of this operation was none other than Col. Oliver North independent.co.uk/voices/…
The iconic song "Jeremy" from Pearl Jam was actually inspired by a 16-year-old boy who killed himself in front of his classmates on January 8, 1991, in Texas. Eddie Veder made the song after reading about the incident in the newspaper. nme.com/news/music/pearl-…
Mercedes-Benz designed the 1996 F200 concept car with joysticks instead of a steering wheel and switchable electronic dashboard displays so drivers could sit in either front seat. oldconceptcars.com/1930-2…
A chicken can be hypnotized, or put into a trance by drawing a line along the ground with a stick or a finger, starting at the beak and extending in front of the chicken. If the chicken is hypnotized in this manner, it will continue to stare at the line, remaining immobile for up to 30 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
In 1971, burglars broke into an FBI office by writing a note that said β€œPlease don’t lock this door tonight” and plastering it onto the front door. It worked and they stole several files. boingboing.net/2014/02/05…

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